Famous Birthdays on April 23

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 271

  • 1141 King Malcolm IV of Scotland, nicknamed Virgo "the Maiden" King of Scots (1141 April-May), born in Scotland (d. 1165)
  • 1170 Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1190)
  • 1185 Afonso II, 3rd King of Portugal (1211-23), born in Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1223)
  • 1464 Joan of France, Queen of France (1498) and catholic saint who founded several religious orders, born in Nogent-le-Roi (d. 1505)
  • 1464 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1484 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian-French physician and scholar (On the Subtlety of Things), born in Riva, Italy (d. 1558)
  • 1500 Alexander Ales [Alesius], Scottish theologian of the school of Augsburg, born in Edinburgh (d. 1565)
  • 1516 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)

Person of interestWilliam Shakespeare

1564 William Shakespeare, English Poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), born in Stratford upon Avon, (d. 1616) traditionally regarded as his birthdate,

  • 1598 Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral, born in Breille, Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • 1621 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, born in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol (d. 1670)
  • 1623 Jan Adam Reincken, Dutch-German composer, born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1722)
  • 1628 Johan van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (Concerning Reduction of Equations) and Mayor of Amsterdam (1672-1703), born in Amsterdam (d. 1704)
  • 1629 Jan Commelin, Dutch botanist and director of Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1692)
  • 1649 Andreas Kneller, German composer, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1724)
  • 1697 George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, British Royal Navy officer, born in Staffordshire, England (d. 1762)

  • 1708 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1754)
  • 1715 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, born in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1720 Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi, born in Sialiec, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1797)
  • 1725 Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint, born in Muro, Naples, Italy (d. 1755)
  • 1728 Samuel Wallis, English explorer (Wallis Island), born in Camelford, Cornwall (d. 1795)
  • 1735 Ildephons Haas, German composer, born in Offenburg, Germany (d. 1791)
  • 1746 Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (discover the theory of homology in biology), born in Valognes, Normandy, France (d. 1794)
  • 1747 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, born in Paris (d. 1828)
  • 1756 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1809)
  • 1775 J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter (Shipwreck), born in Covent Garden, London, England (d. 1851)

Person of interestJames Buchanan

1791 James Buchanan, 15th US President (1857-61), born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1791 Friedrich von Olivier, German landscape painter, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1792 John Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1882)
  • 1794 Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar and geographer of Qing Dynasty, born in Shaoyang, China (d. 1856)
  • 1803 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • 1804 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), born in Amsterdam (d. 1869)
  • 1809 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)
  • 1810 Thomas Wright, English antiquarian and writer, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 1877)
  • 1812 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, born in Sisteron, France (d. 1860)
  • 1813 Stephen A. Douglas, American politician, US senator from Illinois (Lincoln-Douglas debates), born in Brandon, Vermont (d. 1861)
  • 1813 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1853)
  • 1818 James Anthony Froude, English historian and novelist (The Nemesis of Faith), born in Dartington Rectory, Devon (d. 1894)
  • 1818 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), born in Monticello, Georgia (d. 1872)
  • 1821 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1823 Abdulmejid I, 31st Sultan of Ottoman Empire, born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1861)

  • 1827 Johann Friedrich von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer, born in Winterberg, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1828 Albert, King of Saxony (1873-1902), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1838 Alfred Verwee, Flemish painter, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium (d. 1895)
  • 1852 Edwin Markham, American poet (1st winner of American Acad of Poets Award 1937), born in Oregon City, Oregon (d. 1940)
  • 1853 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Dalton, Massachusetts (d. 1920)
  • 1858 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), born in Kiel, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1947)
  • 1861 Edmund Allenby, Viscount Allenby, British Fieldmarshal, General at Battle of Megiddo, born in Brackenhurst, England (d. 1936)
  • 1865 Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general, born in Kazakhli, Russian Empire (d. 1943)
  • 1867 Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher and writer (For the Young Ones), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)
  • 1872 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician, born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1951)
  • 1876 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (The Third Reich), born in Solingen, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Arthur Farwell, American composer, born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), born in Heidelberg (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • 1882 Albert Coates, English conductor and composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1882 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1888 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Charles Warrell, English schoolteacher and creator of the I-Spy books, born in Farmborough, Somerset (d. 1995)
  • 1890 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, born in Danburry, Connecticut (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)
  • 1892 Minus van Looi [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer, born in Tessenderlo, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1892 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, born in Frankenau, Hessen-Nassau (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), born in St. Osyth, Essex, England (d. 1968)
  • 1894 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)
  • 1895 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), born in Hyde Park Gate, London (d. 1967)
  • 1897 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)

Person of interestLester B. Pearson

1897 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • 1897 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, born in Marietta, Georgia (d . 1978)
  • 1898 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1899 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), born in Lambeth, London (d. 1997)
  • 1900 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Henry Barraud, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1997)
  • 1900 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1901 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist, born in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d 1974)
  • 1904 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (The Cisco Kid, The Gay Amigo), born in Oancea, Romania (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1999)
  • 1905 William Conolly-Carew, 6th Baron Carew (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1911 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Andrew Martin, British Army Officer (Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire from 1965 to 1989) (d. 1993)
  • 1914 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
  • 1915 Arnold Hall, British aeronautical engineer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Jacob Kistemaker, Dutch nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge), born in Kolhorn, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer, born in London (d. 1966)
  • 1918 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1918 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Canadian composer, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Eric Yarrow, British businessman, CEO (Clydesdale Bank), born in Frensham, Surrey
  • 1920 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)

  • 1922 Boy Ecury [Segundo Jorge Adelberto Ecury], member of the Dutch Resistance in World War II, born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1944)
  • 1922 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1923 James Kirkup, English travel writer, poet and novelist (African in Greenland), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
  • 1923 Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentine professional wrestler, born in Treviso, Veneto, Italy (d. 1977)
  • 1923 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • 1924 Colin Welch, British political journalist and critic of Enid Blyton's Noddy series, born in Ickleton Abbey, Cambridgeshire (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • 1926 J. P. Donleavy, American novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1928 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)

Person of interestShirley Temple

1928 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 1929 George Steiner, French-American literary critic and educator, born in Paris
  • 1930 Alan Oppenheimer, American actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Michael Bowen, British Roman Catholic Archbishop (Southwark), born in Gibraltar
  • 1932 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Roger Wittevrongel, Flemish painter, born in Blankenberge, Belgium
  • 1935 Bunky Green, American jazz musician, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936 Elias [Etienne Michiels], Flemish painter, born in Ostend, Belgium
  • 1936 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 1936 Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter, born in Diksmuide, Belgium (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Roy Orbison, American rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's), born in Donnybrook, Australia
  • 1937 Don Massengale, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity), born in Jackson, Texas
  • 1937 Victoria Glendinning, British author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1938 Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker, born in Yeovil, Somerset (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Steve Symms, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho, born in Nampa, Idaho
  • 1939 David Birney, American actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Bill Hagerty, British editor (People), born in Ilford, London
  • 1939 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • 1939 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • 1940 Richard Monaco, American sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Michael Copps, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1941 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Hal Daub, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

  • 1941 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer (Tom Pillibi), born in Paris
  • 1941 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland (1995-2003), born in Turtola, Finland
  • 1941 Michael Lynne, American film producer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), born in Amsterdam , New York (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Sandra Dee, [Zuck], actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1943 Carmen von Thyssen, Baroness, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1943 Herve Villechaize, French "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
  • 1943 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • 1943 Tony Esposito, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Ontario
  • 1943 [Gerardus] Bob van Toll, actor/interpreter/director (Pastorale 1943)
  • 1944 Niklaus Schilling, Basel Germany, director (Dormire, Atem, Rheingold)
  • 1947 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist [or 1940]
  • 1947 Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
  • 1947 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1948 Richard Day, engineer/development expert
  • 1948 Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
  • 1948 Pascal Quignard, French author
  • 1948 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1949 Blair Brown, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • 1949 Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
  • 1952 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1952 Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
  • 1952 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952 Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
  • 1953 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • 1953 James Russo, American actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMichael Moore

1954 Michael Moore, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko), born in Flint, Michigan

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 1955 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1955 Mike Smith, British DJ
  • 1955 Su Ingle, British TV hostess
  • 1955 Tony Miles, chess player
  • 1956 Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australian golfer
  • 1957 Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
  • 1957 Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1958 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
  • 1959 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • 1959 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1960 Joseph Martin Mudd, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), born in Hillsborough, England (d. 1991)
  • 1960 Valerie Bertinelli, American actress (Barbara Cooper Royer-1 Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1961 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961 George Lopez, American actor and comedian
  • 1962 John Hannah, Scottish actor
  • 1963 Benoit Doucet, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
  • 1964 Dan Frischman, Whippany NJ, actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class)